Lens

The JW's weekly photo feature, often showcasing the work of photographer Michael Datikash.

At 101, Remembering The Lost Girls

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went up in flames. Within 20 minutes, the lives of 146 workers, mostly women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, had been lost. One hundred and one years later, Fashion Institute of Technology students took a few hours out on March 21 to chalk the names and ages of the victims on the sidewalk near their school, located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street amid the remnants of New York City’s once-bustling garment district.

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Sample Of The Pesach Spirit

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The four cups of wine don’t come out until the Passover seders next week, but several New Yorkers started preparing for that part of the holiday last week.

Nearly 400 people attended The Jewish Week’s third Grand Wine Tasting event at City Winery, sampling the products of 27 companies, including major wineries, wine importers, wine retailers, wine touring companies, others in wine-related businesses, cheese companies and restaurants.

A total of more than 120 kosher wines from around the world were available.

Photo By Michael Datikash

In Jerusalem’s Old City Matisyahu Sports New Look

03/12/2012 - 20:00

Recognize the historical landmark in the background? It’s Migdal David, the Tower of David, the two-millennia-old citadel near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

Recognize the musical landmark in the foreground?

It’s Matisyahu.

Photo By Getty Images

The Kotel On Kingston Avenue

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For those who can’t make the 5,883-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall, there’s now a Kotel closer to home.

At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Filling Up On Hamantashen

02/27/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

World competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has won awards for downing copious amounts of hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers and pasta.

Last week, with Purim coming up, he tried his hand at hamantashen.

Actually, both hands.

Photos By Yeshiva University

A Priest Walks Into A Bar...

02/27/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Purim, which starts next Wednesday night, is a reminder of the importance of humor in Jewish life — the holiday is traditionally a time of pranks and frivolity. A new book, “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life” (HarperOne, $25.99), by James Martin, a Jesuit priest who works as culture editor at “America,” a prominent Catholic magazine, is a reminder that humor plays a part in other religions.

Father James Martin, a Jesuit authority on humor, traces part of his own humor to his childhood, Yiddish-speaking friends.

From Northern Canada, With Love

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

During a recent educational tour in Canada, Noam Bedein, director of the Sderot Media Center, an independent advocacy organization in the Negev, encountered a surprising amount of support for Israel among the members of the First Nations — the country’s indigenous people, like the Native Americans here — he met. As often-displaced groups, they told Bedein, a Sabra, they understood Israelis’ love for their land.

Photos By Raymond MacLean.

Thousands Come To YU Book Event

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For several weeks each winter, between Chanukah and Purim, the Weissberg Commons area of Yeshiva University’s Belfer Hall becomes an enormous book fair. More than 15,000 people — families and singles, children and seniors, Orthodox and non-Orthodox — browse through tables and shelves crammed with discounted books and DVDs and educational software offered for sale during The Seforim Sale sponsored by the Students of Yeshiva (SOY).

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Freeze Across Europe

02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The headline writers are calling the cold spell across Europe in recent weeks a new “Ice Age.”

Photo By Getty Images

Getting High On Tu b’Shvat

01/30/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Tu b’Shvat, the Jewish new year of trees, a minor holiday on the Hebrew calendar, is traditionally celebrated in Israeli forests with mass tree-plantings, and in some diaspora communities with kabbalistic seders and the eating of symbolic Israeli fruits, right.

One local couple has its own Tu b’Shvat custom.

Photo By Michael Datikash
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